Paul Ryan has a major problem on his hands.
He rolled out legislation that keeps Obamacare in place.
And now conservatives are in revolt and it could put the establishment on the edge of an epic defeat.
Donald Trump and the GOP campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare.
But rather than honor Trump’s promise – and the will of the voters that elected them – Paul Ryan and the Republican establishment have rolled out legislation that maintains Obamacare.
Conservatives are calling this an epic betrayal.
And they may have the votes to stop Ryan’s scheme cold.
The GOP establishment can only lose 21 Republican votes in the House and three in the Senate before their Obamacare-lite bill is doomed to defeat.
Conservatives chances to derail Ryan’s act of betrayal grew after conservative groups such as Americans for Prosperity, FreedomWorks, Club for Growth and Heritage Action came out against the legislation.
They were joined by conservative senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee as well as key members of House Freedom Caucus and Republican Study Committee.
Brietbart reports on the conservative opposition to Ryan’s Obamacare-lite bill:
“On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” House Freedom Caucus member Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) touted legislation he will be introducing later in the day to just do a clean repeal of Obamacare, and criticized the replacement plan as “Obamacare in a different form. Because we didn’t tell the voters we were going to repeal Obamacare, but keep some of the Obamacare taxes. We didn’t tell the voters we’re going to repeal Obamacare, but keep and extend Medicaid expansion. And we certainly didn’t tell the voters we’re going to repeal Obamacare, but start a new entitlement…
… He stated of the current replacement, “Every conservative group out there is opposed to this legislation, because, as I said yesterday and others have said, I think it’s Obamacare in a different form. Because we didn’t tell the voters we were going to repeal Obamacare, but keep some of the Obamacare taxes. We didn’t tell the voters we’re going to repeal Obamacare, but keep and extend Medicaid expansion. And we certainly didn’t tell the voters we’re going to repeal Obamacare, but start a new entitlement.” He further said that he doesn’t think the current replacement “could pass today. … So, this needs to be changed in a dramatic way for it to have a chance to pass, in my judgment.”
Jordan continued his criticism of the current replacement, arguing, “[T]his is what Americans hate. We campaign on one thing, and then we get here and say, oh, we can’t do what we campaigned on. We really can’t do a clean repeal, and then replace it with something that’s going to bring down the costs. We’ve got to mush it all together and do some different form of Obamacare. That’s what the American voters hate. Let’s do what we told them we were going to do. Let’s do what they sent us here to do and what they expect us to do.”
Conservatives have the votes to kill Paul Ryan’s Obamacare-lite legislation.
But will they hold together in the face an establishment onslaught?